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Geary, Thomas Augustine

Brian Boydell

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Dublin, 1775; d Dublin, Nov 1801). Irish composer and keyboard player. He assumed the names Thomas Augustine for professional purposes, presumably as a tribute to Arne. In Warburton, Whitelaw and Walsh’s History of the City of Dublin (London, 1818) it is stated that ‘labouring under some depression of mind he rushed out of the house, and was found drowned in the canal’. His premature death undoubtedly robbed Irish music of a sensitive and promising talent. There is no evidence for the assertion by Flood that he either entered or graduated at Trinity College.

His precocious talent was publicly recognized by the award of the prize of the Amateur Society to ‘Timothy Geary of the choir, aged 14’ for the six-part glee With wine that blissful joy bestows. While still in his teens he acted as assistant organist to Philip Cogan at St Patrick’s Cathedral. In 1793...

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Subjects: Baroque Music

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